Yahoo Launches Redesigned Yahoo Messenger on Mobile

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Yahoo has announced the release of its redesigned Yahoo Messenger app on mobile devices. The app supports group messaging, and also includes what Yahoo called ‘the best of the Flickr, Tumblr and Xobni’ platforms.’

With the new Yahoo Messenger, users can send text messages, photos and GIFs to others, and can ‘unsend’ this content to instantly delete the message from their own view, and the view of others in the conversation. In addition, users can post ‘likes’ on text messages, photos and GIFs.

Yahoo Messenger pulls its GIFs from Tumblr, while its smart contacts system is powered by Xobni. This contacts system understands the relationship between a user’s contacts, which helps when adding users to group chats. During group conversations, anyone in the group can invite additional participants, or change the name of the group, or the group photo.

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Elsewhere, the app allows users to send hundreds of photos at a time to all users in a conversation. Other users can download these images in their full quality.

Finally, when users have a poor connection, they can continue to send messages and photos with the app. When the connection improves, the app will automatically send these messages to their recipients without the need to refresh or resend the content.

The new Yahoo Messenger is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Yahoo said it will release additional features in the coming months.

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